From a media release:
SPECIAL ENCORE PRESENTATION OF THE FIRST TWO EPISODES OF HOW DO YOU SOLVE A PROBLEM LIKE MARIA? AIRS TOMORROW NIGHT BEGINNING AT 8 P.M. (8:30 P.M. NT)
Those who are wondering what all the hype is about have a second chance to tune in for the first two episodes of HOW DO YOU SOLVE A PROBLEM LIKE MARIA?, on CBC Television, beginning at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT), on Wednesday, June 18. Viewers will be able to see how the journey to find the next Maria began with a group of 20 Maria hopefuls, who get whittled down to 10. During the show, the 20 contestants perform at a private concert at the prestigious London Palladium in England for Andrew Lloyd Webber, his guests and the expert panel.
Following the performance, 10 finalists are chosen as standout favourites for their special blend of charisma, attitude and talent. They will move on to the next round, performing live in front of a studio audience each week. The live episodes air Sundays, at 8 p.m., for a one-hour performance show, and Mondays, at 8 p.m., for a half-hour results show. One of these 10 finalists will land centre stage as Maria von Trapp in the stage production of The Sound of Music, produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber, David Ian and David Mirvish, playing in Toronto this fall at the Princess of Wales Theatre.
Beginning Sunday, June 22, the top 10 perform live from the Canadian Broadcasting Centre in Toronto in front of the nation. The competition is now in the hands of the viewers who will have an opportunity to vote each week for their favourite Maria.
Voting can be done via phone, text message or online. After every live performance, each Maria will be assigned her own toll-free number for fans to call in and vote. Votes for each Maria can be texted to 777-111 with the first name of their favourite Maria. A 50-cent charge will apply to each text regardless of individual rate plans. To vote online, visit www.cbc.ca/maria.
On Monday, June 23, at 8 p.m., the voting results will be revealed and the bottom two Marias sing off against one another to stay on the show. Only one will stay. Nine other finalists remain.
Photo courtesy CBC: Gavin Crawford, host
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